Let’s dive in to the depths of another handbag favorite from the brilliance that is Louis Vuitton—the Artsy.
Released in 2010, the Artsy is relatively new compared to other Louis Vuitton standards like the Speedy, which has been around since the 1960s and can trace its roots back to 1930s travel. But though this beauty lacks nothing in freshness, the Artsy does take its inspiration from vintage looks.
The Louis Vuitton official website characterizes the Artsy as embodying “understated bohemian style.” The words “boho chic” seem to be thrown around everywhere these days, but the Artsy is a perfect example of updated boho.
As the fashion website, Bellatory recounts, the “bohemian” fashion characterization came about hundreds of years ago as artists transitioned from the social space of being thought of solely as craftspeople and into the roles of countercultural creatives who adopted expressive modes of dress that broke away from the given trends of the time. These eccentric characters weren’t pinned down to the social order like most people, and so they were likened to the untethered Romani people who were supposed to have come from Bohemia.
So what is the bohemian look we see in the Artsy? This bag has a soft, comfortable aesthetic that maintains sophistication. The folds on the sides offer rounded edges—no harsh corners here—and the braided detail of the handcrafted leather handle might even harken back to the woven details of some original boho clothes.
The long drape of the key charm, too, is reminiscent of the flowy, dangling, fringy looks of this tradition. And even though the Artsy might assume an easy-going slouch, its smart studs on the underside allow it to stand on its own—like any creative with integrity should hope to do.
So though the capacity of the Artsy rivals that of the Neverfull, its vibe is distinct. Maybe it’s its alternative roots that make the effect so sweet when this shape meets the orderly and beloved Louis Vuitton patterns in Damier Azur, Damier Ebène, the classic monogram, and various shades of attractive monogrammed empreinte leather.
Its construction suggests that it was designed to be carried over the arm. Use it to top off a graceful vintage look, or let it add some balance to your more buttoned up lifestyle. Either way, you’ll have room to carry everything you need for a life on the move.